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HCEDA to host first 'Ignite' event

The Howard County Economic Development Authority will host the county's first Ignite event, which is advertised as a fast-paced evening of interaction and community building.

The event, called Ignite Howard County, will take place at Jailbreak Brewing Company in North Laurel April 13. It is a local iteration of an international event begun in Seattle in 2006. The goal is to cross different members of the business and creative communities in a collaborative environment, with the hope of creating an entrepreneurial spark.

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"We are constantly looking for ways to enhance the community from attracting new businesses, to supporting non-profits," said Lawrence F. Twele, CEO of the authority. "Ignite events will allow us to engage people in a different way around ideas and issues they're passionate about, providing a great new platform for community collaboration."

The evening is structured as a series of five-minute presentations by members of the community. Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.

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Ignite events are open to everyone, but people who live and work in Howard County will get first preference as speakers. Those interested in presenting at Ignite Howard County can log onto http://www.ignitehowardcounty.com for details.

"Our goal is simple. We want people to come out and share their passions and engage the rich fabric of the Howard County community," said Twele.

Ignite events are currently held in over 100 cities worldwide, according to the news release.

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